This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol 1.1"
Minglewood Blues, Stagger Lee, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, It's All Over Now, Don't Ease Me In, Looks Like Rain-> Deal Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Morning Dew, E: Johnny B. Goode
September 6, 2020 Subject:
Mindwonderin pissin me off!
I've gotten to where I'm following his reviews... JC i'm almost ashamed that I would allow his opinionated musings gain foothold in my head. As good, and as nasty as Jerry's leads in Nassau (11/1/79) in this scarlet->fire Jerry makes more rooms and the boys join him with more common purpose (I guess). Sweet, better mix to this board too!
The Fall '79 tour has some real winners [10/25, 10/31, the 10/28 second set ], but honestly this is the bottom show. You'll really think so if you don't re-pitch (four tracks are on the notoriously ill-pitched Road Trips 1-1). The tour was strong though, so it's not a stinker, just GOGD, and the Scar>Fire is must-hear.
First Set. Minglewood is a chance for Bobby's Slide Practice™ (D.C. women). Even at the right speed Stagger Lee drags; but it is nicely stretched, so looks like Jer was into it. Mexicali has a nice solo but the first real sparks are in China>Rider, which gets better as it goes. The latter is somewhat unique. The energy carries into It's All Over Now (the first 4: 26 are AUD-only). It's not 10/25, but check Phil with the fatties. The rest is nothing off the mark, just GOGD.
Second Set. Scarlet is AUD-only for the first 70secs. It's a fine version, but this is totally a strong-ass Fire (and the start of a fun sequence - the show peak). Bobby's hammer-mutes, and upstroking is amazing, including laying the Scarlet chords at the end. Brent, Phil, everyone is smoking; not unlike the great one on 12/30. The Sailor>Saint sequence is nice, but mainly notable for the unique jam that Jer jumps into at the end, before Drums proper: a 13min Saint with tug and pull between the front and back lines, with flashbacks to the previous year's Egypt hangover jams. Coming out of Drums, Billy tries to start NFA, but (sounds like) it's Mickey that shouts "It's Morning Dew!". Well, actually it's Space first, and by then they've decided that it's indeed Not Fade. But they do do Dew after. Sleepy renditions (but Phil's the man), though Dew is notable for having not been played since 4/78...and not played again until May.
1st Set: C 2nd Set: C
Overall = 2½ stars
Fire on the Mountain - though the Scarlet to Drums sequence is a must-hear-once
SOURCES: The miller_29503 is the best source for the first set. It runs slow and needs +2% pitch correction for the first two and +1% for the rest. The macneil_8546 is the best for the second set. It runs very slow and needs +2.5% for Scar>Fire & Saint, and +2.75% for the rest, except for the JBG encore, which needs +1.5%. The source for the beginnings of All Over Now and Scarlet is the 132330_aud_unk, which needs +2% pitch. The 132455_flac16 is the only source for the beginning of Minglewood (but it's R channel only, so use mono switching). The lai_3901 and macneil_8546 are the same source, but the first has a labeling error. Both have myriad pitch errors. Road Trips vol. 1 no. 1 has Sailor>Saint and NFA>Dew. It was mastered with a very slow pitch error, and needs +2.75% correction.